Season 2, expansion, goals, and sugar syrup

 

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We started off the season teaching beekeeping to several hundred 2nd graders, at the 4H Ag Days.  Word was that the beekeepers’ presentation rocked!  What a great way to disperse crucial information to folks who may never think about bees!  “Boys and girls, tell your parents NOT to spray their dandelions!  Bees NEED dandelions!”

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Our second full summer has wound down, and we are now feeding bees, beginning the fall season.  We have somewhere around 30 hives under our care, and it is a stretch to try to cover all those bases.  We would love to work bees together more often, since it makes the work go faster and we feel more confident being able to bounce things off one another.  But often, we end up working singly.

One of our big goals this year was to make nucs, and boy, we have certainly done that.  Making nucs is fun, easy, and rewarding.  Sometimes you lose out, but it is certainly easier to lose a 5-frame nuc than it is to lose a whole hive.   We are looking forward to over-wintering our nucs and have some specific plans for that.

A secondary goal for us was to not have to buy bees again next year, and hopefully not ever.  We feel confident that we can work on increasing from our own set-up next year, thus reducing a major cash outlay in the spring.  It would be even better if we can sell some bees.   It’s faster than selling honey! 🙂

Our honey harvest is all in.  Have plenty jarred up, and buckets awaiting the winter, as well.  Planning to get our wholesale license this month, so we can have our honey in a few restaurants around town.

The beekeeping club we started last year is thriving.  We worked the Indiana State Fair booth, as a club this year.  Here are some pics of our day there

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Queen larvae working the tasting table.
Queen larvae working the tasting table.

We decided to take over the county 4H beekeeping project as well, and enjoyed working with the 9 kids who signed up.    Our local club is going to sell honey at the county fair next year, to raise money for the 4H club to purchase youth bee suits.

 

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There is some very exciting news for the 2 Queen Bees, in the near future, please stayed tuned for that.

In the meantime, we have been on Twitter for the past year, and will be continuing there.  My tech-savvy daughter also started us up on Instagram, so look for us there as well as FB, of course.

We look forward to bringing you high-quality, raw honey in the Central Indiana area.

2 thoughts on “Season 2, expansion, goals, and sugar syrup”

  1. I was told about you by my neighbor and friend Stacy O’Toole. I’ve played with the idea of setting up a bed hive in my yard but I live in a neighborhood on a smaller lot. I have a multiple blooming perennial and annual flowers in my yard and a garden. For years I’ve not used any chemicals in my garden or flower beds. I’m interested in having a continuous draining honey hive system that I’ve read about. Are you familiar with this? Are you avsilable for a fee to help set up the hive?
    Please contact me when you have moment. Annette

    1. Annette we would be very interested in helping you. We can have a meeting at your house to look at your location and discuss the options for you. We also have a local club that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, the next meeting will be on November 18th at 630. We have a social time from 6-630 then the meeting starts at 630. All are welcome and no fees to join. We have beginners to commercial beekeepers. We are on Facebook North Central Beekeepers Club if you are on FB. Please feel free to contact us to set up a date to come help you. We have opinions about the flow hive and will be glad to discuss them with you. Karen Lancaster 317-695-7539 & Tracy Pielemeier 317-847-4872

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